I'm Darryl Edwards (aka The Fitness Explorer), founder of Primal Play, a paleo nutritionist and author of the books Paleo from A to Z and Paleo Fitness based in London, England.  This blog documents my experiences with a Paleo lifestyle that has made me fitter and healthier in my forties than ever before. I am a contributor to Paleo Magazine and presenter at various symposiums globally such as Paleo:f(x), PrimalCon, AHS (Ancestral Health Symposium), Thr1ve.Me, and other events globally. I am also founder of the first Paleo conference in Europe, HEALTH Unplugged which took place for the 3rd year running in Autumn 2016.

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  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Reviews (14)

Saturday
Jan042014

Book Review: The Hidden Plague - Tara Grant

The Hidden Plague

Although I don't have Hidradenitis Suppurativa I have suffered from chronic dermatitis and so empathise with making visits to several dermatologists and health professionals all telling me that diet has no influence on my particular skin affliction. Well of course now I know differently!

Autoimmune disorders cover a vast array of conditions - some of the most common include rheumatoid arthritis, Grave's disease, psoriasis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). With "The Hidden Plague" - Tara's honesty, suggestions, research and personal experience demonstrate how foods can trigger autoimmune disorders through leaky gut leading to systemic inflammation but most importantly provides some welcome solutions on tackling the potential root causes - I wish a guide like this was available for me when I needed it many years ago!


Here's a few reasons why I enjoyed this book:


  • What to eat, what not to eat (and most importantly - why!);

  • How to determine potential trigger foods and personalise your diet;

  • A comprehensive review on the role (and importance) of hormones when it comes to health;

  • The importance of keeping track of your condition by maintaining a health journal (with a useful appendix provided);

  • Why conventional treatments don't work and can be more painful then the condition itself!;

  • A great external resource section;

  • Useful tips to tackle any setbacks you may face;

  • a well written piece of work!
I really enjoyed reading this book, thanks Tara for this resource - highlighting the importance of food as medicine!
Thursday
Oct242013

Book Review: Cholesterol Clarity

Jimmy Moore cuts to the chase with an excellent reference - whether you are a lay person or knowledgable about the subject.

In summary:

Why saturated fat has been demonised and why that hypothesis was flawed right from the start?
What aspects of blood work are indicators of good & poor health and why?
What the cholesterol numbers actually mean?
Discussion and opinion from leading experts in their field.
Why statins are not the silver-bullet we are told to put our faith in.
The relevance of inflammation rather than total cholesterol as a determinant of health concerns in relation to heart health.

I would highly recommend this book, it is pitched just about right for anyone who has the pleasure to read it and who wants to make a more informed decision in relation to saturated fat/cholesterol and their health.

Thursday
Jul112013

Paleo Books For Your Reading Pleasure (The Paleo Periodical)

 Verdict of "Paleo Fitness" on The Paleo Periodical

Karen of The Paleo Periodical, up-the-creek without a paddle!

"Verdict: Need more fun and mental challenge in your workouts? Need more spice in your Paleo life? BUY THIS BOOK." - Karen of The Paleo Periodical

Read a review of "Paleo Fitness" by Karen of The Paleo Periodical and whilst you are there you can read reviews of a couple of other Paleo books too.

You can read the full post on Karen's excellent blog here: --> http://paleoperiodical.com/2013/07/08/paleo-books-for-your-reading-pleasure/ 

Tuesday
Jul092013

Paleo Fitness Book Review - "Fit for Parenthood"

Paleo Fitness Book Review - "Fit for Parenthood"

"A mother doesn’t have to be fit to sit in the rocking chair and nurse her baby. She doesn’t have to be fit to change a diaper and sing at Music Together Class. She doesn’t have to be fit to play this little piggy and read bedtime stories, to keep a toxin-free home and prepare food from scratch. She doesn’t have to be fit to love and be loved.

But there are things she can’t do if she isn’t fit!"


Read the review - "Fit For Parenthood" here:  >> http://theprimalparent.com/2013/07/09/fit-for-parenthood-paleo-fitness-book-review/

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